The bill was passed Thursday in response to pressure from the NCAA to repeal HB2 or risk losing all of North Carolina’s bids for NCAA championship sites through 2022.
In a statement, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger noted her appreciation of Gov. Roy Cooper, who signed HB142 into law, but said the bill doesn’t do enough to address discrimination.
“We know that work remains to be done and will continue to advocate for nondiscrimination and equality for all,” she said.
Chapel Hill Town Council member Michael Parker said that while House Bill 142 removes the most public parts of HB2, like the bathroom restrictions, it still prevents local governments from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances.
Parker said pressure from the NCAA helped to create a deadline to repeal HB2, but that legislators worked only to the minimum of what the NCAA would accept.
“By creating something that was so egregious, people are willing to settle for something that under most circumstances they never would’ve tolerated,” Parker said.
Chapel Hill Town Council member Nancy Oates said she’s disappointed by the outcome, but she thinks a full HB2 repeal won’t come until the issue of gerrymandering is solved in court and new members of the General Assembly are elected.
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said she wished HB2 could’ve been repealed entirely.